Since 1940, Mint Juleps, the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby have been served in colorful glasses featuring unique designs as well as a list of previous Derby winners.
We’ve collected dozens of these glasses over the years. Many with images of horses.
And others with red roses, the traditional flower of the race.
The list of previous winners provide a great opportunity for a little Derby Day trivia.
However, the 1969 glass is missing the list of winners since it was pending the appeal of the disqualification of the 1968 winner, Dancer’s Image.
And the oldest glass in our collection? Ones from 1959.
Tomorrow is “The Run for the Roses” at Churchill Downs.
If you can’t go to Louisville for the race, you might want to try one of these Derby inspired ideas:
Place a bet on the race.
Wear a derby hat.
Drink a mint julep.
Watch the race on television. (Televised on NBC with post time at 6:24.)
Eat a piece of Derby Pie.
If you’ve never eaten Derby Pie, this is a good time to give it a try and this recipe couldn’t be easier. (Adapted from Faithful Provisions.)
- 9″ pie crust (I used Pillsbury® Refrigerated Pie Crust.)
- 5 teaspoons butter
- 1 c sugar
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 c chopped pecans
- Line a 9″ pie plate with refrigerated pie crust.
- Melt butter in microwave and then set in refrigerator to cool while assembling remaining ingredients.
- In large bowl combine sugar and flour.
- Then add melted butter, beaten eggs, vanilla, chocolate chips, and pecans.
- Pour mixture in pie shell and bake at 350° for 35 minutes.
Most recipes for Derby Pie call for bourbon to be added, from 1 teaspoon to as much as 1/4 cup, but I don’t think this recipe can be beat for ease or taste.
Pie and horse racing – a good combination!
It’s time to purchase the ingredients for Mint Julep’s, the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. With the race only a day away, you’ll need to prepare for the big day, especially since the recipe needs to be refrigerated overnight. You can find numerous recipes for this race day cocktail but since Early Times is “The Official Mint Julep of the Kentucky Derby”, it’s only fitting to include their simple to make recipe.
The Early Times Mint Julep Recipe
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- Sprigs of fresh mint
- Crushed ice
- Early Times Kentucky Whisky
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
Of course, we’ll serve the drinks in Kentucky Derby glasses since we have dozens of them, but a tall glass with a straw will suffice.
Did you know that over 120,000 of these drinks will be served at Churchill Downs today and tomorrow? It’s hard to believe considering how terrible they taste!